Investing in a Legacy of Hope,

because without hope, people perish

One overseas trip led to a lifelong commitment to help eradicate a deadly disease and its devastating impact on the people of Africa. Andy and Gay Wilkinson first traveled to Botswana, Africa in 1995. Their experiences and the people they met left an indelible impression on them. So much so that in 2003 Andy left the professional world, and he and Gay moved to South Africa for two years to join the fight against HIV/AIDS.

In grassroots fashion, they developed and implemented a program to help meet the needs of those suffering from the disease. Andy hired and trained home-based care workers who were charged with identifying and assisting HIV/AIDS victims. He also arranged for government training for counselors at HIV/AIDS testing centers. And, he taught abstinence-based education to the local youth.

Before returning to the U.S., Andy realized the need to provide funding for the newly established Mmametlhake Family Care Centre. Back in the U.S., he created The Foundation for the Relief of HIV/AIDS in South Africa. He received non-profit-organization status in South Africa and in the U.S., in order to fund the foundation's vision and mission. Quickly desiring to expand the vision to include all of southern Africa, the foundation began doing business as Hand in Hand in Africa.

HIV/AIDS has claimed countless lives and has devastated countless families. Little did Andy and Gay know that just one trip to Africa would lead them to devoting their lives to fighting and winning the battle against this deadly disease.

Hand in Hand in Africa’s mission is to help eradicate the deadly disease of HIV/AIDS and its devastating impact on the people of southern Africa. We accomplish this two-fold mission by laboring with like-minded partners who live and work in the cities, villages, tribes, slums, and other areas of southern Africa that have been affected by this epidemic.

Through this work, HIHIA is creating a legacy of hope for many who have been held captive to this disease ~ a hope that is leading to the reality of future generations of Africans living HIV-free and AIDS-free.

The name, Hand in Hand in Africa, represents the board's vision of helping to eradicate the deadly disease of HIV/AIDS and its devastating impact on the people of Africa. To accomplish this, HIHIA's board members, staff, and team of volunteers join hands with African nationals who are working directly with the people infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

The work of “joining hands” is two-fold: traveling to Africa and laboring side-by-side with organizations and local people, and funding local and regional projects that match HIHIA's vision.

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Investing in a Legacy of Hope,

because without hope, people perish

Investing in a Legacy of Hope,

because without hope, people perish

copyright © HIHIA 2017  |  all rights reserved

theme by LottaGraphics

Investing in a Legacy of Hope,

because without hope, people perish

Investing in a Legacy of Hope,

because without hope, people perish

Investing in a  Legacy of Hope,

because without hope, people perish

Investing in a Legacy of Hope,

because without hope, people perish

Investing in a Legacy of Hope,

because without hope, people perish

Investing in a Legacy of Hope,

because without hope, people perish